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Quick Guide

  • Dutch, French, and German
  • Euro

‘Belgium’s Best Kept Secret’ is the term that is bandied around frequently when it comes to Ghent. A beautiful city just the right size to be able to explore top to bottom, with stunning medieval architecture and quaint canals, yet still with an ‘edge’ that keeps the place vibrant and lively – Ghent has managed to stay off the tourism radar. Now it’s appearing more and more on ‘Top Cities to Visit’ or ‘Best Cities For Culture’ lists, that is about to change.

A week or a weekend in Ghent will not disappoint. Even if you spend the whole time meandering the streets, admiring the buildings, and sipping beverages in cafes and bars you will not be disappointed. Patershol is the best neighbourhood for this kind of activity.

The 12th century castle of Gravensteen is well worth a visit as is Ghent’s iconic, UNESCO Heritage Listed 14th century belfry of Belfort. Other architectural delights are the cathedrals of St Pietersabdij and St Baafskathedraal. The view point of Grasburg bridge is the most adorably scenic spot to appreciate the spires and gables of the Ghent skyline. Visit at dusk for the epitome of romance.

Museums and galleries are too numerous to list – there truly is something for everyone. From a mental health museum to a celebration of Ghent’s textile production to some thought-provoking modern art, there’s plenty to keep you fascinated.

Ghent Key Facts

  • Dutch, French, and German
  • Euro
  • 1 hr
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Nearest Airports

  • Brussels Airport (BRU) - 67 miles
  • Rotterdam Airport (RTM) - 43 miles
  • Ostend Airport (OST) - 43 miles
  • Gilze-rijen Airport (GLZ) - 43 miles
  • Antwerp Deurne Airport (ANR) - 43 miles
  • Lille Airport (LIL) - 69 miles
  • Valkenburg Airport (LID) - 81 miles
  • De Kooy Airport (DHR) - 81 miles
  • Charleroi Airport (CRL) - 82 miles
  • Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) - 81 miles
  • Volkel Airport (UDE) - 87 miles
  • Eindhoven Airport (EIN) - 87 miles
  • Kent International Airport (MSE) - 87 miles
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